Out of all the official photos surfacing from the 2018 G7 Summit, there's one in particular posted on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Instagram that's copping a lot of attention. She added that with Trump's "unpredictable" leadership and the US turn toward isolationism, the European Union needs to hone its response to a raft of issues in an environment in which global institutions need to be "newly proven". As the summit closed, Trudeau held a televised news conference to discuss the communication, where he was asked about Trump's new tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.
Merkel's comments come after a weekend of tense diplomacy in Canada, where Trump did not endorse the G7 communique.
Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.
If Europe wants to take its destiny into its own hands, "that also means that we need to do more for our own security", she said.
"We discussed all outstanding issues and made substantial progress, exchanging papers and talking throughout the night", a French official said. The leaders of the world's richest democracies had promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.
Europe will not let Trump do "whatever he pleases", the German chancellor said, adding that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again".
Russian Federation has been shut out since its 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, and has since earned Western condemnation for its military intervention in Syria in support of dictator Bashar al-Assad.
On Russia's possible return to the G7, Merkel said she could imagine it in the future but that the conditions had to be right for that.
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